Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hitting the brakes

Agencies seek 60-day delay for Delta tunnels hearing

Delta water tunnels route. KQED San Francisco


Sacramento Bee

In response to dozens of pending protests, state and federal officials asked for a two-month delay in hearings that could decide the fate of Gov. Brown's controversial plan to build two massive tunnels beneath the Delta. Monday, the state Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation requested a 60-day continuance on hearings that were scheduled to begin in early May.


Farm managers urge rewrite of groundwater regs

Fresno Bee

Farm water managers said new rules for managing underground supplies are confusing and potentially expensive. The upcoming written regulations for groundwater management agencies need major adjustments, central San Joaquin Valley water district managers told state officials.


4 things to know about federal drought legislation

Fresno Bee

Congress is about to try again to help ease California's drought. A handful of bills — some new, some held over from last year — will come up for debate in the weeks ahead. The subject is as partisan as the presidential race, and a lot more complicated. Discerning the helpful proposals from the hyperbole can be difficult. So as a guide to the process, here's four themes to watch as the bills are debated.

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